C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries Mentha Lip Tint in Berry Shimmer Review

Rarely do I get a lip product that I absolutely love the taste of. Normally what happens is I just do my best not to lick my lips because of the waxy feel of most lip balms, but when it comes to C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries’ Mentha Lip Tint in Berry Shimmer, it’s the exact opposite for me. I can’t stop licking my lips! This formula which contains 2% peppermint oil tastes so good, I’m always so tempted to just lick my lips nonstop.

CO Bigelow lip gloss tint

One thing I don’t quite like about this product is the packaging. It’s rather hard to control the amount of product you get to come out, and usually I end up squeezing more than what I needed out. But in any case, the packaging makes it look more like a lip gloss than a balm for me.

C.O. Bigelow lip tint

Despite the fact that it looks more like a lip gloss than a lip balm, this product is actually great for moisturizing lips. It’s really glossy, has a hint of shimmer and as with any mint product, provides a cooling sensation that can also be responsible for a slight plumping of the lips. Who wouldn’t want that?

The label says that this product is mint-infused for fresh breath, though I can’t quite see how or why a product on the lips would be able to affect your breath all that much. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m skeptical of this claim. Personally, I still wouldn’t go huffing on people when I’ve got garlic breath! I’m sure you wouldn’t too! Haha.

The berry tint on this gloss looks amazing in the tube, but when applied on the lips it’s really, really sheer. It looks like I just put on a clear gloss with the slightest hint of color and shimmer. For a so-called lip tint, this is something that I’m not particularly happy with, especially since I’ve seen cheek & lip tints do a better job. Look at the pics below to see what I mean:

CO Bigelow Lip Tint Swatch Berry Tint

CO Bigelow Berry Tint Swatch

CO Bigelow lip swatch

Despite the failure in the tinting of the product… at least it doesn’t fail with its moisturizing claim—this thing really is moisturizing! And I mean really! I love wearing this when my lips are uber dry. Not only is it moisturizing, but it’s super soothing too!

Let’s have a quick look at the ingredients for this product:

Polybutene, hydrogenated polyisobutene, petrolatum, octyldodecanol, menthe piperita (peppermint oil), canola oil, silica silylate, quaternium-18 hectorite, sodium saccharin, methyl diisopropyl propionamide, propylene carbonate, benzyl alcohol, limonene, linalool, mica, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI77491, CI 77499), carmine (CI 75470).

Note that the mint used is 100% natural (though at only 2% of the formula, I don’t really think it matters all that much—especially since the other ingredients aren’t all natural).

One natural ingredient in this formula is Carmine, which actually surprised me since I haven’t taken a closer look since I got this item. Carmine is made by boiling dried insects in water, which extracts the carminic acid from them—the resulting product then goes through further processing. For me, this kind of icks me out a bit—aside from the fact that tons of little insects had to die for the making of this product, the thought of where the ingredient came from…eugh. At the very least it’s really far down the list of ingredients, which means there’s little of it present in the formula—but still!

Anyway, in summation, this product for me is something that is effectively moisturizing, though not really all that effective when it comes to lip tinting. At the price of $7.50 for a 14g tube, it’s not so bad, though it’s way more than what I would normally pay for on a lip balm/tint. This particular variant of the product looks to be discontinued, but can still be bought on C.O. Bigelow’s Amazon for $9.95. However, there are many other variants of the lip tint, lip shine and lip balm on the C.O. Bigelow website.


Chrissy, Makeup Mew 

Chrissy is a makeup addict who writes for MakeupMew. In her free time she enjoys playing around with makeup and experimenting with different ways to use certain products.

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